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Wilmington Police launch "Operation Tranquility"

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The Wilmington Police Department has launched the second phase of “Operation Tranquility.”

More than 30 officers from local, state and federal agencies took to the streets Wednesday night to reduce gun and gang violence.

“We need to send a message to the people that are committing these crimes. The citizens of Wilmington are tired,” said Lt. Renado Prince.

The program is intended to restore peace to area neighborhoods, which have been plagued by gun violence over the past several weeks.

“Our job is to take weapons off the street and we will be making a lot of arrests,” said Prince.

Residents living in the Houston Moore neighborhood didn’t want to talk to WWAY out of fear for their safety. However they say the violence in and around their neighborhood needs to be addressed.

“You don’t have to tell us your name. All we want is the information so we can act on it,” said Prince.

The task force also includes members of the District Attorney’s Office.

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I would like to offer

I would like to offer prayers for our officers that they remain safe as they patrol our streets.

Do Rite The 1st Time!!!!

Why don't they leave this "operation tranquility" faux op to the community. Im certain im not the only "real special op" angel of death on leave this weekend.. If they would allow us to put a good ol fashion boot stompin team together this problem would be solved by Monday and save tthousands of taxpayer $$$$$$..
Gear Up And Shut Up Happy 4th To All My Fellow Special Ops Brothers!!!

If your that proud of your ability to kill others

you should be put down like a rabid dog.

Personally, you sound to me like just another phony wanna-be. You probably to sleep in G.I.Joe pajamas.

Guest 10101

I find your comments extremely entertaining as you refer to me as a rapid dog... Look yellow belly there is nothing you can say that would offend me that my "SKIP" hasn't said to me during "HELL WEEK" lol however common you sissy the G.I. Joe pajamas are a gift from yo mama that your wife wife doesn't like me to wear when she visits every time im on leave... Put that in your pipe and smoke it!!

Uhh ... That's "r-a-b-i-d", not "r-a-p-i-d" dog

Guys like are laughable and pathetic all at the same time. Anyone who's not a killer, like you define yourself to be, is a yellow bellied sissy according to your very warped way of processing thought. Personally, I've always found guys who keep having to refer to themselves as uber-military killers are either full of crap or damaged meat. For the most part, the really tough guys who're still undamaged don't brag about it.

Whichever one of those you are, I hope you can get some help and find some peace.

Uhh...That's guys like ~you~ are....

Nice try though.

Guest 10101

Hey thanks for your concern that you feel that I need help.. However A "uber-military killer" as you labeled me is one thing that im not,perfectly trained AMERICAN yes i will accept thaton a side note I sleep like a king that has a clean and clear thought process. As far as im concerned the only "damaged meat" here as you refer to me as.... Is your cute spouse once im gone for that 105... See ya in a few months sissy... XOXOXO

Gun violence? You mean plain old violence, right?

What if these sons of Obama were carrying shovels, would you call it "shovel violence?" Whenever you see/hear "gun violence" remember it's codespeak for the gun grabbing leftist media who want to disarm the law abiding so the gang thugs can wreak havoc with impunity.

A New Tactic is Needed

While I commend the actions of hte police in apprehending the recent home invasion criminals, what I believe is lacking is a presence in the high crime areas. Why not establish sub-stations in the Creekwood and similar communities that are manned 24 hours and give the people there some relief from the daily onslaught of crime? Take control of the trouble areas by being constantly visible. Push the criminals out and show the police are pro-actively concerned, not reactively concerned.

Good start

but how about some parental accountability and responsibility?

How about holding parents responsible when their under 18 year old is on the street at 3 AM? Why not ask where all the gold came from? Question where the hundreds in his pocket came from?

Throw the family out of public housing if they can not control their offspring?

So Tom.... you have been

So Tom.... you have been banging the drum to have these folks thrown out of public housing for some lengthy time. Where would you expect them to move??? Your back yard? Heck, even if a program was set to put these folks on buses to Myrtle Beach you'd probably complain that the tickets cost too much.

Guest

your name says a lot about you and your mentality.

Why should hard working taxpayers, of which I assume you are not one, be forced to support families who can not control their children?

And if the shooters are 18 or older, do they even belong in their Mother's public housing unit?

It might only take one or two examples to get some real progress.

But something different needs to happen.

I notice you offer no alternate solution to the problem.

All this is already

All this is already done...the patrols all night and day in housing areas, a housing unit working specifically with the housing authority to keep crime down, kicking people out that are causing problems, trespassing people that don't live out there and are causing problems, etc. There is no curfew in Wilmington and the kids can roam anytime they want...

The problem is the huge gang problem that is only addressed every couple of years when they start killing too many people. Remember the murders at the Rhino and Club 609? Find the starnews article on that...we are right back there because the city doesn't actively work cases on the gang members specifically until it's a problem again.

You are correct. They have

You are correct. They have had numerous gang task forces formed and are nothing but a bunch of blowhards who love to listen to themselves talk. Just think of all the wasted time and bloated salaries with no results. Just like big drug rings or organized crime gangs they need to infiltrate these gangs with deep undercover operatives who could bring down the whole bunch. In the meantime they could use a tactic called wolfpacking where they just have heavy foot patrol and or bike patrols through these neighborhoods. I was downtown last night and actual saw 10 officers standing on front and market not doing a damn thing. What a waist of resources.

Fact is the cops are scared

Cops are scared of these gangbangers, they would rather bust Bubba in his work truck for DUI than mess with a carload of Obamas sons who are whacked out on crack and all packing heat. Police work is just like any other job, they try to skate through doing the least amount of work and the least amount of hassle. Cops know if they crack down on the Sons of Obama the NAACP and black preachers will start suing them, whereas Bubba in the work truck has nobody to stand up for him anymore. Its the path of least resistance, thanks to the reverse racism nowadays these sons of Obama are left alone to run wild.